One Another Devotion - Day 27
Care For One Another
1 Peter 4:8-10 New King James Version
8 And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” 9 Be hospitable to one another without grumbling. 10 As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
We all go through hard times and we don’t always think people are living the way, “We think that they should be living.” Instead of speaking our mind or telling them our thoughts, what if we prayed for them and showed them love - no matter what they are going through. This world is so full of judgement, hate and finger pointing.
This has been one of my greatest lessons in this: My oldest daughter made some bad decisions, choices that were not very good. She ended up pregnant, had a baby, and then walked out on him when he was about 3 months old. We stepped up and took care of him. I prayed for her every day.
I crawled into my warm bed every night. I knew she was jumping from house to house and sleeping in the parks being beat up by her boyfriend - they were all on meth at this time. All I could do was cry myself to sleep as I was praying for her.
My daughter would come over from time to time, I would feed her every time I would see her. I would always let her see her son, but I would never give her money or let her take food with her. I opened up my home to her son, my grandson, and I would say to her, “You have a home here but not until you are ready to get off the drugs and when you get tired of being beaten. Until then know I’m praying for you.”
Through this time the Lord showed me how important it is to have a relationship with Him. I PRAYED and PRAYED! I began to see God listening to me! My grandson almost died from RSV and my daughter was beat for the last time. After being hospitalized, she went to Job Corps, met a nice guy there that helped her to stay on track, they got married, she has her son back in her home after 5 years of us raising him, she has another son that is 6 months old, they have a home in Wyoming where her husband works and she is able to stay at home with the kids. She is the most loving mom to her boys. I’m so proud of where she is now.
God has shown me how praying for others, trusting in God's plan and not my own plan, and having faith are the most important things you can do.
Spending time with the Lord in His word and asking for Him to show you the fruits He has given you… This has changed me and my world so much.
I can love someone and pray for them and care for them even though they are in a rough place. Love covers a multitude of sins. This a way to care for one another.
1. When you were in a tough place, who showed you love?
2. Who needs your love today?
3. How does you showing love to someone show them that Jesus loves them? Can that be your reason to care for someone today?